Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Systemax Pursuit 4025 Notebook review

This laptop will satisfy the most basic needs of the laptop user. It’s specifications allow it to only just manage the most simple of tasks. However, with the range of extras available, and the ability to customize, you will certainly be able to make it fit your needs without ever having to upgrade.

This is certainly one of the most basic laptop computers I have seen for a while. Without the extras it has the minimum that is actually possible with a computer nowadays. The Celron processor can handle basic tasks, but will not give a provide a pleasant working environment for those who use the computer for many tasks.

The hard drive will certainly be fine for this computing level. Even the best hard disk drives only really provide advantages to very heavy use computers, like servers.

256MB or RAM is my biggest concern. This is hardly enough to feed Windows, let alone operate a whole lot of other things too. There is a 60 dollar upgrade which I would recommend. The 1GB seems a little much, especially seeing as the aim is a budget laptop.

Combination CDROM/DVD drives are well entrentched in the budge market, simply because of the very little extra that it costs to have a CD burner as opposed to a normal CDROM. A DVD burner might be a great upgrade to this machine, especially with the way in which it will ease the backing up and storage of extra data.
Price: $599.
Find more info at TigerDirect.

Microsoft® Windows® XP Home SP2, Intel Celeron M Processor 1.4GHz, 256MB DDR RAM, 40GB HardDrive, CD-RW / DVD-ROM Combo Drive, Intel Extreme Graphics 2, Integrated Modem, Integrated LAN, Integrated Wireless LAN, Display 15" XGA, Weight 6.6 lbs.

User Review:
A great, inexpensive PC. Mine has 60gb HD and 512mb of RAM. I've had it up to 1.5 hours on battery so far and the meter still shows 50% of battery life left. That is with no CD/DVD usage. The only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is the mouse pad. It can be too sensitive sometimes (it has a touch to click type pad as well as the buttons), which can have unintended consequences, and sometimes hesitates (sp) when moving it across the screen. I have tried adjusting the mouse/pad settings, but it only helps a bit in either case. Also it locked right on to my wireless network without any problems. This is a great system without the big bucks.

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